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M-Audio Axiom 25 Keyboard MIDI Controller

25-key velocity-sensitive semi-weighted action keyboard with assignable aftertouch. (47) Read 11 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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We sure have come a long way from four-track tape machines. Most laptops sold today ship with sophisticated multi-track recording software built right in, and even most of those free programs come complete with built-in synthesizers, drum machines, and mixing capabilities. Spend a little time working with one of these recording programs, and you'll quickly realize that your basic mouse-and-keyboard setup isn't letting you get the most out of your software. Time to upgrade with the M-Audio Axiom 25. It's a responsive musical keyboard, drum pad controller, and tactile recording console all in one, and thanks to USB, it's as easy to setup as plug-and-play.

Get In Touch With Your Recordings
With its wealth of knobs and buttons, the multi-faceted Axiom 25 lets you do away with your mouse almost completely. The transport section puts the most common functions--play, record, stop fast forward, rewind--at your fingertips for instant access. With these controls so close to the keyboard, you won't have to readjust your brain or your sitting position to capture your best performance. Additionally, using the soft, rubberized transport buttons to control frequent repeated actions instead of the mouse helps cut down on the risk of repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition to transport controls, the Axiom 25 provides you with eight rotary controllers. These "infinite" rotation knobs can be assigned to control just about anything you see on screen, from volume and panning functions to plug-in parameters like resonance and filter cutoff.

No-Compromise Keys And Pads
More than just a control surface, it'd be more accurate to call the Axiom 25 a "control instrument." The 25 full-sized, waterfall-style keys are ample and responsive. The keys offer just enough resistance for musical-feeling action, and are velocity sensitive for expressive, dynamic performance. You won't feel like you're controlling your computer because you'll be playing it like an instrument, and you'll notice the difference in your music right away. In addition to velocity sensitivity, the Axiom's keys feature aftertouch, a feature not found on most keyboards under $1000. Aftertouch adds an additional level of playability to the Axiom: once a key is struck, it can be held for sustained notes, but press even harder, and you can effect an extra layer of control. Make strings go from simple sustain to vibrato, activate additional filters on a synth patch, give any instrument a little gain boost after the initial note attack. . . the possibilities are near endless. As if that weren't enough, the Axiom 25 provides you with eight rubberized drum trigger pads, perfect for programming beats, or just thinking about basslines in a different way. It's a whole studio's worth of musical gadgetry in a lightweight, compact, and dare we say handsome USB controller.

Use It With Standalone Synth Modules, Too!
because the Axiom 25 has real MIDI in and out ports, you don't even need a computer to enjoy its expressive keys. Just route it into a hardware synthesizer module and you're off and running. While most common functions will auto-map to your sound modules (pitch bend, modulation), Axiom keyboards also let you get deep into MIDI programming geekery. Preset editing tasks are made easier thanks to the generous--and brightly back-lit--LCD display, and clearly labeled programming buttons make advanced functions easily accessible. The M-Audio Axiom 25 lets you get as deep as you want into your music.

You use your mouse and keyboard for emails, spreadsheets, accounting. . you know, work. Treat your music like the art form it is with the M-Audio Axiom 25 Keyboard Controller.

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PC Requirements
Available USB Port
DirectX 9.0b or higher
Windows XP (SP2) or higher
Windows 98, Me, NT, or 2000 not supported

Macintosh Requirements
Native USB Port
Mac OS X 10.3.9 w/ 256 MB RAM, OS X 10.4.2 or greater w/ 512 MB RAM

Power Supply
If you are using your Axiom with a computer via its USB port, there is no need for an external power supply.Your Axiom will draw its power from the computer.
However, if you are intending to use your Axiom without connecting to a computer's USB port, then you will need to use an external power supply.
No power supply is included in the box, so please select one that meets the following requirements:

12V DC
250mA - 300mA
Center positive
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5765

Product Description

Get Into the Action
The Axiom series of mobile USB MIDI controllers has everything it takes to get the most from your MIDI software and hardware. Semi-weighted action complete with aftertouch gives you great feel and expression for both synth parts and pianistic passages. Eight rubberized trigger pads put your drums at your fingertips for programming with feel-or easy fire samples or visual effects.

Total MIDI Control
Assign the eight rotary encoders to mixer controls like panning and effects sends, or to any synth parameters you want to control. Map the nine sliders to software mixer faders or drawbars on your virtual organ. 15 buttons*, pitch and mod wheels, and sustain and expression pedal jacks round out a tour de force of MIDI domination. Assigning controllers is simple, yet has the power to let you delve as deep as you want. Each controller can map to just about any applicable parameter in the MIDI spec, including independent channel addressing for each. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
* six buttons on the Axiom 25

Intuitive Front-Panel Programming
M-Audio Axiom MIDI controllers all feature a large backlit LCD screen for visual feedback-and the 61-key and 49-key models also place a 10-key pad right on the front panel for direct, intuitive programming. You'll also find 9 dedicated front-panel function buttons to easily access common operations like preset / program change or MIDI channel +/-, octave +/-, and transpose +/-. Use the Controller Mute button to prevent parameters from jumping when you change them, for example, then press Snapshot to transmit all current settings. 20 non-volatile memory locations instantly save and recall your favorite presets-and you can manage an entire preset library on your computer via SysEx dumps and the free Enigma software editor/librarian for PC and Mac.

Mobile Operation
The Axiom series is extremely compact and lightweight and all models are powered directly from your computer's USB bus. Choose the size that's best for your needs, then take your music anywhere you want to go.
Customer Reviews
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This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "The Best Feature Packed 25 Key Midi Keyboard Around!!!"
Sound: No sounds, but it can be used to shape sounds with the modulation wheel, which is great and very effective. Feature: Amazing features. 8 Pressure sensitive rubber pads taken from the trigger finger. they feel perfect for drums and give a perfect bounce feel to them. The transport bar is great to use with my DAW, and it allows me to control the basics. The Keys feel perfect, and have a piano type feel to them. The curves are just right and make the dynamics feel warm on most soft synths. Ease of Use: Very easy to setup, and works great out the box. Quality: Feels very solid and will last a lifetime. Value: Super value, its comes with pads, transport, pots and nice semi weighted keys for playing authentic instruments. Manufacturer Support: Im not a fan of M Audio support, its a hit and miss. The Wow Factor: Looks very slick, and its has a very nice blue lcd screen. Overall: Better than any other midi controller in the market right now. I like my 25 keys for idea sketches and laying down quik midi passages, and move to my other 61 note keyboard for main studio work.
Style of Music: Everything from Rock to Pop
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This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Excellent product - highly recommended!"
Feature: It's obvious they've thought deeply about what software-based musicians need. Good number of features to this end - though quite deep so if you're a newbie at this, be prepared to spend some time w/ the manual getting things set up to your working style. It can take awhile, but just be patient as it's worth it. That said, it does come with about 20 presets for popular software programs (ie - Reason, Live, etc) so if you use those, you can be up and running in minutes. Ease of Use: Once you read the manual (usually as reference to something you want to do, as opposed to reading it through straight) it's quite easy to use. Quality: This is by far the best controller (of this size) out there. NOTHING competes in terms of quality. The keys feel great and so do the pads. Everything can be tailored to in terms of velocity curves, so you can customize to suit your playing style/situation. When shopping for a controller, one test I did on all of them was to bang on the keys (fortissimo) -- with every controller out there, you could see the entire keybed physically move; in one case even the buttons on the front were moving up and down. However, with the Axiom -- no such problem at all. It is solid. Value: This is a great product both in terms of features as well as quality. You won't regret getting one -- I tried all of them, and this hands down was the best. That said -- for traveling folks who just need to trigger stuff, etc. there are lighter, less expensive alternatives. This is ideally suited more for a studio set-up. Manufacturer Support: NA - though I recommend downloading the latest driver from the website, instead of the CD. That way you are ensured of the latest driver possible. The Wow Factor: Fantastic - aesthetically, the industrial design just exudes quality. Makes every other controller out there look like crap -- including much more expensive ones. The Axiom series is the best out there right now. Overall: I would definitely recommend this without question to folks who create software-based music. The keys and pads feel great (aftertouch too!) and the build quality is solid. One thing to note: it doesn't come with a power adapter (powered by USB bus) and the manual is on a CD in PDF format. Kind of a pain, but nothing too troublesome.
Style of Music: Downtempo, hip-hop
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